Sunday, May 04, 2014

Drone cam owner, Arkansas television station shrug off Federal Aviation Administration concern

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — A photojournalist's remote controlled flights to capture overhead video of tornado-ravaged Arkansas communities has caught the attention of federal regulators who are developing rules on commercial uses of unmanned aerial vehicles.

But Brian Emfinger isn't letting the scrutiny stop him from continuing to use his device, commonly referred to as a drone. A photojournalist for television station KATV in Little Rock, Emfiner says he plans to continue using the drone.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports ( ) Emfinger's footage showed destroyed houses and other debris in Mayflower moments after the tornado hit on April 27, providing one of the earliest visuals of the damage left by the storm.

But the Federal Aviation Administration currently prohibits the commercial use of unmanned aircraft. The agency has notified KATV it is aware of Emfinger's drone.

Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette,